Welcome to the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Worcester, MA. We are open from 1:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call us at 1-508-755-8635 with any questions or to schedule your introductory lessons.
Our studio, established in 1972, has been managed, directed and owned by Norm Thibeault since 1984. We offer a full range of Ballroom and Latin dance lessons for all ages, at all ability levels, and with or without a partner. All lessons are taught by our Certified Dance Instructors who undergo rigorous and continuous dance training.
We enjoy being part of the Worcester community, love the many special activities we offer in the studio and have a blast participating in regional and national events with other Fred Astaire Dance Studios from around New England and the country. We proudly serve Worcester, Holden, Paxton, Leicester, Auburn, Millbury, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Boylston, West Boylston and surrounding towns.
We look forward to welcoming you to our studio family!
The Owners and Staff of Worcester FADS
History of Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Today, one almost can’t turn on the TV or radio or, open a newspaper, magazine, or web page without hearing a mention of Mr. Fred Astaire in reference to dancing. He has left a lasting impact on the world and when people think of a dancing legend, Fred Astaire is the first to come to mind. We are proud of our great dance heritage which began in 1947 when the Master of dance himself, Mr. Fred Astaire, co-founded our company. Mr. Fred Astaire, considered to be the greatest multitalented dancer of all time, wanted to establish a chain of studios under his name to make sure that his techniques would be preserved and passed onto the public. Mr. Astaire was instrumental in the choice of dance curriculum and instructional techniques. With the opening of the first Fred Astaire Studio on Park Avenue in New York City, Fred Astaire brought his immense talent out of the glamour of Hollywood and onto the dance floors of America and the world. “Some people seem to think that good dancers are born.” Astaire once observed. “All the good dancers I’ve known have been taught or trained. To me, dancing has always been fun. I enjoy every minute of it. I am glad that I can now put my knowledge to use in bringing personal confidence and a feeling of achievement to so many people.” Today, numerous Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios located in cities throughout North America and internationally, are required to maintain the highest standards of excellence through our National Dance Board and Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios curriculum certification. Although Mr. Astaire is no longer with us in person, our studios have produced a wealth of amateur and professional dancers who are living embodiments of his style and grace.